It’s hard to imagine a more painful mistake than accidentally pumping gasoline into the tank of a diesel car, resulting in costly engine damage. Now Volkswagen is taking steps to make sure it never happens.
The leading maker of diesel cars in the U.S. plans to retrofit 209,500 cars with barriers to make sure motorists can’t mistakenly pump gas into their tanks, Automotive News reports. The service action will cover 209,500 cars in the U.S. built between 2009 and 2012. It includes the diesel versions of Jetta, Golf and Jetta SportWagen.
Automotive News obtained a memo from VW to its dealers in which its notes that more misfueling incidents have occurred as diesels have become more popular. And it tired of being in the bad-guy role since such mistakes aren’t covered by warranty and can result in ill will with customers. VW’s fix is a fuel filler cap and sleeve to try to keep out gas nozzles, which have a smaller diameter than diesel fuel nozzles. The report says the government has received about 160 complaints about the problem. Diesel cars provide longer range than gas-fueled cars.